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Journalist Abdoulie John Released

Abdoulie John(JollofNews) – Authorities in Gambia have released the Gambian editor of Jollof News, Abdoulie John.  Mr John, who also reports for the Associated Press from Banjul, was released Monday evening, following widespread condemnation of his detention on Sunday.

The journalist was covering the release of eight Senegalese security personnel who’d been captured by the MFDC rebels in the Southern Senegalese city of Casamance, when his arrest was ordered by the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

He was first briefly detained at Sibanor Police Station in Western Gambia, before been transferred in a military vehicle to the NIA headquarters in Banjul.

The journalist threatened to go on hunger strike when he was been questioned.
Abdoulie JohnAbdoulie John, JollofNews Gambia Editor
“I informed them about my resolve to start a hunger strike so as to protest against my arrest and detention,” John told JollofNews after his release.

The journalist spent more than 24 hours in detention.

He said the NIA officer who was interrogating him came to the conclusion that there was nothing that could implicate him in what he’d been accused of by State House Photographer, Sulayman Gasama, who is suspected to have been in league with the Press Officer at State House, former GRTS reporter, Abdoul Njie.

The eight Senegalese soldiers were released with the intervention of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has himself been accused by the Senegalese of fuelling the decades-long separatist unrest in the south of that country.

“What happened to me was done in front of the State House Press Officer Abdoul Njie who seemed to have connived with Sulayman Gassama to prevent me from covering the event,” John said.

“These are the same people that have a 'Bantaba' at State House where lies and diabolic plans are the order of the day.”

Meanwhile, sources in Banjul said the younger brother of Journalist Aboubacarr Saidikhan, one of two journalists recently detained and released by the Gambian government, remains in detention.

The young man was detained when he refused to disclose the whereabouts of his elder brother to the NIA officials.

Imam Baba Leigh, a vocal religious scholar, also remains in detention after his arrest last week.
Written by JollofNews
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0 #30 2012-12-15 15:59
Your welcome Kang Kang.
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-2 #29 2012-12-14 21:26
Mike, Blame Dr. Bax,not Radiokangkang,h e has mention your name among those former president Jammeh cohort. I am just responding according to the comment.

Mike,I am not looking for more supporters,am here to undo the founded accusations andto put sense in b4africa's and my uncle malick's heads.
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0 #28 2012-12-14 15:49
Kang Kang,

Please do not connect me with President Jammeh. I have never met him, spoken with him or would wish to be in the same room with him.

I am not against your President. He is yours alone.

I simply would not wish to be associated with anyone who would decapitate or kill people who are commonplace in the UK and who's right to life is protected.

I trust you understand.?
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+7 #27 2012-12-13 22:00
Radiokangkang..

I commend you for trying to mobilise other APRC supporters to resolve the Imam Baba Leigh case in order to secure his release..I wish you all the best..

However,the fact that we are still speculating about the reason(s) of his arrest,after more than a week in detention,means something is seriously wrong with the way the justice system is being run..

The law is very clear on arresting and detention procedures...

The arresting officers MUST inform the one they are arresting the reason(s) for the arrest,and where necessary,cauti on the individual;

The arrested person must have access to a lawyer within 3hrs of being detained,and MUST be charged and brought before a magistrate within 72hrs or released unconditionally ;

Family members MUST also have access to the detained individual..

If these were followed,we will not be speculating about the reasons for Imam Leigh's arrest..
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-4 #26 2012-12-13 21:22
Quoting b4africa,"May Allah help to cure your mind from your ignorance and help to cure your heart from your heartless atittude, so that together we can build a Gambia free from a dictatorship."

b4Africa, Your prayers might be answered,but because you've too many "SINS" from insulting me,that is why "GOD" is using them to clear your bad deeds before doing your WISH.Can you imagine how long have you been paying for me and yet "GOD" is ignoring you.

My uncle malick, is no where to be found. maybe he went the "REBELS CONFERENCE"in Senegal and found a "JUNGOMA" with "CHAHAGNE"...lol
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-3 #25 2012-12-13 21:04
Quoting Bax,"Do not be a stubborn,blind supporter of Yaya Jammeh..Open your "eyes" and admit,like others before you (Dr.Sedat Jobe,Dr Scattel Janneh,Late Baba Jobe,Capt.Ebou Jallow,Capt.Sanna Sabally,Dr.Assan,Mike Scales,etc) have ALL at some point,came to realise that something is wrong with Yaya Jammeh's idea of leadership.."

Bax, All these gentlemen you've mention here,has had at one point of time work with the president or had a close relationship,wh ich doen't apply to me. My support is base on FACTS,ACTIONS and delivery. You cannot satisfied everyone as a leader.AndI do not expect him to champion all sectors but, the most important thing happening now is that,he listen to peoples called,especial ly during the 9 executions.Gambian were able to change his heart went he already "SWEAR" That means alot to me. been a leader isn't easy, all the blames will be on you,but all the credit is not.
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-3 #24 2012-12-13 20:46
Bax, I calle my fellow APRC, supporters to see how we can help resolve this problem with Imam Baba m. Leigh, but the answer I got was that, what he is charge with? before they can make calls or write a letter via the Embassy, they have to know what he did.

Did anyone know what he did?
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+4 #23 2012-12-13 18:57
Quoting Radiokangkang:
Well,I have never heard you claim been an APRC,supporter.
You can shoot at the messenger but you cannot kill the message. You ran away from Bax`s message and you went to shoot at Dr Assan. You are the type of Gambians in the media trying to demoralise any individual/groups who stand against the dictatorship in the Gambia.
Dr Assan is lucky that he didn`t work under this vampire regime otherwise you and your likes will pour all sorts of words on him, like what you did here to Dr janneh.
May Allah help to cure your mind from your ignorance and help to cure your heart from your heartless atittude, so that together we can build a Gambia free from a dictatorship.
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+6 #22 2012-12-13 14:27
Quoting Bax:
(1) His unilateral decision to determine the exchange rate;(2) Gambia has slipped down the scale of corrupt countries in the world,meaning he failed to even maintain the level he inherited..That don't look like good management..


Agreed, and Well put.. I would like to clarify my point on the economy.. After close study of the economy, I would admit that, I appreciate (like) the economy policies, structurally, but not the Management..

Because of a good structural policies in the economy, Gambia has consistently registered GDP gains, above the benchmarks with no downsides over the years.. And, is projected to perform well over the benchmark, years to follow..

That been said, for the sake of clarity, structurally, I think, the government deserve some credit.. But, I do hold some reservation on how is being managed..
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+3 #21 2012-12-13 06:47
(2/2) My brother Radiokangkang,I have said it before and I will say it again..You are a class apart from the other Jammeh sycophants on this blog and it saddens me,because you are better than this and should know better..
Do not be a stubborn,blind supporter of Yaya Jammeh..Open your "eyes" and admit,like others before you (Dr.Sedat Jobe,Dr Scattel Janneh,Late Baba Jobe,Capt.Ebou Jallow,Capt.Sanna Sabally,Dr.Assan,Mike Scales,etc) have ALL at some point,came to realise that something is wrong with Yaya Jammeh's idea of leadership..
Indeed,his government has brought much needed infrastructure improvement,but his governance record is a total failure..
On the economy,there are two things I want to point out..(1) His unilateral decision to determine the exchange rate;(2) Gambia has slipped down the scale of corrupt countries in the world,meaning he failed to even maintain the level he inherited..That don't look like good management to me..
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